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Turnbull loads the starter’s gun

“The time for playing games is over.”

ABC News     |    21 March 2016

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Malcolm Turnbull is bringing back both houses of parliament for an extraordinary sitting of parliament in April to deal with union corruption legislation, saying he will dissolve both houses of parliament if the bills are not passed, with an election on 2 July.

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Turnbull

Turnbull told a snap media conference he will bring forward the federal budget by one week to 3 May , to allow more time for the union bills to be considered.

The time has come for the Senate to recognise its responsibilities and help advance our economic plans, rather than standing in the way.  The restoration of the ABCC [Australian Building and Construction Commission] is a critical economic reform.

The election timetable

April 18 – Parliament to come back to consider industrial relations legislation.

May 3 – The new the budget date.

May 10 – Traditional date of the budget.

May 11 – The cut-off for the Prime Minister to set a double dissolution election.

July 2 – Possible double dissolution date.

July 16 – A double dissolution must be held by this date.

August 6 – Earliest date for a regular House of Representatives plus half-Senate poll

January 14 – Latest possible date for election.

 

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